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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Greetings Idaho Optimists

This is a guest post from Governor-elect Larry Blackburn.

Our Idaho Optimist meeting in Twin Falls last Saturday had the following attendance:
Twin Falls             30
Middleton              8   
Meridian                7
Caldwell                 7
Boise Noon            7
Jerome                   4
Eagle                      4
McCall                    2
Nampa                    1
Out of State:
Washington            4
Oregon                    3

That is 70 Idaho Optimists; our goal was 101, so we did very well for the first PNW regional meeting. Middleton is our newest club in the gem state and had more members than all but Twin Falls. WOW !!

Special thanks to Rich Craddock, president of TF club and Keleigh Godfrey. These two dedicated leaders, along with all of their committee members, did a fabulous job of hosting this event.

Attendees got to meet Idaho Optimists as individuals, and about our fellow clubs. What fun! We were able to honor Frank Smoke, Boise Noon, for his 37 years of dedicated service selling programs at the BSU football games. Optimist rap star Barry Knoblich performed as well as Abe Lincoln. Who didn’t enjoy hearing Ian Johnson, BSU football hero? We got to hear what he was thinking as the play developed for the 2 point conversion that sank mighty Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl. (“Don’t stumble, don’t stumble!”)

Please get in the habit of checking our great website; pnwdistrictoptimist.com. Linda Jackson does a marvelous job keeping us informed; keep her aware of your club activities so we can share with others. Remember to sign up for email delivery with the link on the top right hand side of the website. Thanks everyone; our 7 out of state leaders were greatly impressed with us.

The next regional meeting will be the Oregon group in Keizer, Oregon February 25; and Washington, Alaska and British Columbia, March 3 at Port Gardner, Washington. Need more information and details? Visit the website!

Larry Blackburn is the governor-elect of the PNW District-Optimist International.

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